Hares are renowned for their strong gamey flavour and rich meat.  Hares have become less common nationally as farming has become more specialised with grass monocultures in the west of the country and cereal crops in the east. In coastal Suffolk, hares are very common because of the wide variety of habitats such as forestry, marshland and a mix of spring sown vegetable crops and autumn sown cereal crops which provides all they need to prosper.

By law hare can only be sold between 1 August and 28 February, although farmers can shoot them all year round if they are damaging crops.